20/03/2012 14:14

NSO CamSur Inaugurates Breastfeeding Center

NAGA CITY, March 30 (PIA) -- Government offices are responding to the needs of women, particularly lactating mothers by setting aside a portion of their budget and space for these mothers. In Naga, the National Statistics Office (NSO) Camarines Sur recently inaugurated a breastfeeding center to allow lactating clients to breastfeed their babies while completing their transactions at the said office. 

NSO provincial statistics officer Clemente Manaog said that the idea came after conducting a general clean-up in their office and realized that the cleared space can be used for a more important purpose. 

“The natural air circulating in the said area is just perfect for a lactating mother and her child and is conducive for breastfeeding while waiting for their transactions to be completed. Mothers can also change the diapers of their toddlers there or allow them to take a nap,” Manaog added. 

Moreover, the establishment of the said corner will promote breastfeeding as a healthy practice and will eliminate malnourishment, especially among newborn children aged 0-6 months in support of the national government’s program to promote breastfeeding, 

This will also strengthen every community’s resolve pursuant to the Philippines’ commitment to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goal on reducing hunger and poverty with a measure on reducing child mortality by two-thirds before 2015. 

The said endeavor is also in consonance with the local resolution filed by City Councilor Cecilia “Nene” De Asis dubbed as Ordinance 2011-032 which requires all government agencies or offices, including private establishments in the city of Naga to establish in their respective workplace a breastfeeding corner or space for lactating mothers. 

Enacted in 2011, the ordinance also seeks to provide mechanism to ensure the strict implementation of the said legislation. 

Recently, Naga Mayor John Bongat, together with Vice Mayor Gabriel Bordado, Councilors De Asis and Nathan Sergio and other city officials, led the putting of a time capsule on the proposed site of the Naga City Breastfeeding Center within the city hall compound. The said endeavor is also in coordination with the City Population and Nutrition Office and the Naga City Council for Women, in line with the celebration of International Women’s Month. 

The principles and mandates set by the Philippine constitution also clearly states that the, “State shall protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill consciousness among them. It also specifically notes that the state shall also adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development." (MAL/LSM-PIA5, Camarines Sur)

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